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Thread: Is Belief in Rebirth a Necessity for Buddhist Practice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daverupa View Post

    Basically, shoddy evidence is enough if you want to believe. You only need as much evidence as it takes to fuel confirmation bias, and it's off to the races!
    There's an interesting article by Doug Smith with the title "A Secular Evaluation of Rebirth" which looks at problems with the so-called "evidence" for rebirth:

    ( "Problems with the Evidence" sections 1 to 1V.)

  2. #62
    This article "On Reincarnation" which was written by Jodo Shinshu priest Takashi Tsuji might also be of interest:


    A gross misunderstanding of about Buddhism exists today, especially in the notion of reincarnation. The common misunderstanding is that a person has led countless previous lives, usually as an animal, but somehow in this life he is born as a human being and in the next life he will be reborn as an animal, depending on the kind of life he has lived.

    This misunderstanding arises because people usually do not know-how to read the sutras or sacred writings. It is said that the Buddha left 84,000 teachings; the symbolic figure represents the diverse backgrounds characteristics, tastes, etc. of the people. The Buddha taught according to the mental and spiritual capacity of each individual. For the simple village folks living during the time of the Buddha, the doctrine of reincarnation was a powerful moral lesson. Fear of birth into the animal world must have frightened many people from acting like animals in this life. If we take this teaching literally today we are confused because we cannot understand it rationally.

    Herein lies our problem. A parable, when taken literally, does not make sense to the modern mind. Therefore we must learn to differentiate the parables and myths from actuality. However, if we learn to go beyond or transcend the parables and myths, we will be able to understand the truth.

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    Thanks Aloka,
    A good article.

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